We work together as a team to showcase the talent we have at The Duston School. We may not have come top in the house point leader board last year however, we have come back fighting and we are now top of the table! Due to Maples strong team spirit and determination, we have triumphed in many things in the past and we will 100% in the future
Maple Motto is “Don’t wait for opportunity; create it” and this sums us up perfectly.
This motto came from the idea that every student has their own individual strengths; academic, or otherwise. Ensuring students have support and encouragement in their every undertaking was at the heart of this motto. It gives students something to aspire to but also gives them the ‘Get up and go’ attitude to create their own understand that hard work is at the centre of every success.
We aim to not only create opportunity for students to overcome barriers, be part of a cohesive community and establish a sense of identity but also help create lasting memories at The Duston School.
Watch out Willow, Oak and Chestnut, it’s the year of Maple!!
How do we celebrate our success?
Success is rewarded through achievement points given to all members of our pupils in Maple House. Once a term, we meet in a special house assembly. Here we recognise outstanding achievements of our Maple pupils through the academic term. There is a real sense of community and belonging in these assemblies, and the pride that pours from the pupils is always a termly highpoint.
How else do we create a sense of community?
Our house charity is ‘Guide Dogs for The Blind’, voted for by Maple pupils last year. Throughout the year, fundraising events take place for our chosen charity. Cake sales are always extremely popular and a great way to raise money as well as getting fellow Maple’s creative in the kitchen. Last year we raised over £70 in a cake sale. An impressive amount for a good cause.
To add to the community spirit, and to create a real sense of competition, there are house events, which run every second Friday in the Library. The four houses are encouraged to take part, and the competition is high! Quizzes, debates, sporting challenges and creative activities take place at these events, so there is something for everyone throughout the term. Pupils who attend these events really enjoy them, and the competitive streak in human nature rises to the surface when members from other houses all take part. A great skill for life, extra-curricular activities help to build on the growth and development of all pupils.
At the end of the academic year, we celebrate student’s successes through a ‘Student Showcase’. This event allows all pupils to display their work, of which they are particularly proud. All pupils and staff get an opportunity to view student’s work at break time and lunch. The work put on display, is judges by pupils and staff for an overall achievement prize. Well done to Malachi Fletcher who was our winner last year!
Maple Student Council
Meetings held throughout the year with pupils who belong to the Maple Council. Through these representatives, all student’s voices are heard. If there are any ideas for charity events, if they want their voice heard, this is the way to do it. There are at least two representatives for each school year, and their presence in council meetings is a great way for us as a house to get messages across.